“Four years ago, we searched for a solution that would use the byproduct that is created when reconstructing roads,” said Smith, chief executive officer at Columbus, Ohio-based RAP Management. Learn how RAP Management partnered with AMMANN
"It’s just not sustainable for us to continue to mine quarries to manufacture asphalt and take the material off the road we’re reconstructing and stockpile it," said Smith, RAP’s founder and chief executive officer.
About 36 million tons of recycled asphalt product, or RAP, is stockpiled annually in the United States. Ryan Smith believes using that product is a smart business move, and his Columbus startup, RAP Management, is on its way to proving it.
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Using high percentages of recycled material is one goal for Ryan. His research shows 36 million tons of reclaimed asphalt pavement (RAP) are going to stockpiles every year in the United States. “We need a business plan that uses this material,” Ryan said
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“I wanted my business to be something different,” he continues. “It’s just not sustainable to continue to mine quarries to produce virgin asphalt material. Now we know we can use a lot of the recycled product that would otherwise end up in a landfill and do it to the highest standards. "
"RAP Management operates the first plant of its kind on this continent and we are the only in our region able to achieve the level of quality proven by our Sustainable Pavement Materials..."Educating the market and specifying bodies that sustainable pavement materials can equal high-quality is our biggest challenge. We are able to develop high RAP Marshall and Superpave mix designs that perform excellent."
“We are doing our part to be Eco friendly! Thanks to RAP Management and Sheedy Paving Inc. for our new, highly durable, recycled asphalt that has significant environmental benefits. RAP Management operates the only asphalt plant in central Ohio that produces hot mix asphalt with 60%+ recycled materials.”
“One of the challenges we face in our industry is the idea of cost,” Ryan said. " We need to curtail that perception. I consider our business sustainable not because we recycle, but by recycling we can lower our cost to manufacture, which means savings we pass along to our customers."
RAP Management LLC, an asphalt mix producer in Columbus, Ohio, installed a batch plant specifically to run mixes with very high RAP contents.
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Ryan Smith of RAP Management had a vision of operating the ultimate recycling plant in Columbus, Ohio. That vision is now a reality.
RAP Management uses a high percentage of recycled product in its mixes and incorporates proprietary chemical additives to extend durability. For 2018, RAP Management produced more than 130,000 tons of asphalt with an average of 60 percent recycled material, three times more RAP than the average nationally.
"Utilizing our high-RAP mixes we gain leverage to compete in our market by lowering our cost to manufacture materials," owner Ryan Smith says. "That, along with the level of quality material we are able to achieve even at 60 and 70 percent recycled content, makes producing virgin materials unfavorable for us."
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Ryan Smith was featured at the Roads & Bridges Media for a unique, interactive online event bringing together leading industry experts in recycled asphalt pavement
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When the Ohio Department of Transportation’s (ODOT) Office of Materials Management met with Ryan Smith of Columbus-based RAP Management in 2020, the conversation was all about reclaimed asphalt pavement (RAP). Smith had recently purchased an Ammann high recycling technology (HRT) batch plant, and he was interested in showing ODOT what he could do with a high-RAP mix consisting of 55 percent recycled material.